September is National Hunger Action Month and Plainfield is hosting a food drive to benefit Bags of Hope, a private backpack food program, the Green Harvest Food Pantry, and the Plainfield Area Interfaith Food Pantry.
The Village of Plainfield, C.W. Avery Family Y.M.C.A., Plainfield Park District, Plainfield Public Library, and Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce will be accepting food drive donations through Sept. 20.
The food pantries would appreciate donations of: oatmeal/cereal; canned chicken and tuna; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; flour/sugar; rice; canned fruits and vegetables; soups/ramen; macaroni & cheese; condiments; and boxed potatoes.
Personal hygiene products (soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste); baby items (diapers, wipes, formula, and food); household cleaning products; and paper products (tissues, toilet paper, paper towel) are also welcomed.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: C.W. Avery Family Y.M.C.A., 15120 Wallin Drive; Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, 24109 W. Lockport Street; Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois Street; Plainfield Township Community Center, 15014 S. DesPlaines Street; Prairie Activity & Recreation Center (PARC), 24550 W. Renwick Road; Streams Recreation Center, 24319 Cedar Creek Lane;and the Village Hall, 24401 W. Lockport Street.
On Sept. 12, residents may donate two nonperishable food items to the Plainfield Park District, use the Prairie Activity & Recreation Center for free be entered into a raffle to win a free one-year fitness membership.
On Sept. 18, Plainfield Public Library will take $5 off late fines for donations to the food bank. (Lost or damaged items not included.)
From Sept. 20 to Sept. 23, new members that donate five nonperishable food items will have the joiner's fee to the Avery YMCA waived.